A Complete Guide to Beta Reading

Hands with pen marking up paper Most writers rely on one or more beta readers to help them improve their work. In the right circumstances, beta reading is an invaluable tool. Unfortunately, it’s so full of potential pitfalls, it can weaken stories rather than improve them. Here’s what you should know … read more »

A Storyteller’s Guide to Criticism

A book with pages torn out. Criticism is the low point of many storytelling careers. It crushes our dreams and makes us feel like our darling creations have been torn apart. But no matter how much we dislike criticism, we need it more. How can we benefit from something that cuts us so deep?

Five Tips for Giving Developmental Feedback

A painting of monks working on illuminated manuscripts. Developmental editing is big-picture editing. Dev editors rarely look at grammar, punctuation, or even awkward sentence structure.* Instead, dev editors look at issues like plot structure, character consistency, and whether the climax fulfills all the promises the author made earlier in the story. While test readers … read more »

82 – Working With Feedback

The Mythcreant Podcast Getting feedback is always a perilous experience. This week the hosts share some of the experiences they’ve had over the years, from Oren learning that he included too much WWII fighter jargon in his story, to Mike’s plan for getting feedback on his campaign, to Chris making revision after revision so … read more »

Seven Tips for Receiving Feedback

Writing a bunch of words down in some semblance of order is a challenging and involved process, but it’s only the first step of crafting a story.* Practically no one can sell a first draft, and frankly you shouldn’t try. First drafts do not represent … read more »